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Hi there!

This is my first geeklist so any constructive criticism and/or advice is welcome!!

I was hoping to put a list together of 2-Player card games that are capable of being played multiple times and staying interesting with a single purchase. I know this may be a rare thing because I'm not looking for LCG's or CCG's, unless you believe that a core set alone can do the job!! Any genre is fine!
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1. Board Game: Summoner Wars: Master Set [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:58] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
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This is a game that has peeked my interest lately and i feel that the master set would provide a lot of fun for myself and my gf.
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2. Board Game: Camelot Legends [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:2328]
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This is a game i saw in an auction recently that also looks like a good candidate.
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3. Board Game: Perry Rhodan: The Cosmic League [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:908]
Judy Krauss
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Great pick-up-and-deliver 2-player card game!
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4. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:23]
Judy Krauss
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This one can be played with more than 2 players, but it works well with only two, also. There are expansions, but they are not necessary.
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5. Board Game: Mille Bornes [Average Rating:5.68 Overall Rank:5139]
Judy Krauss
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This one has been around for a while. Plays well with two players.
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6. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:160]
Martin Cooper
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Perth
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Can take more than two but works well with two.
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7. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:84]
Darren Witt
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probably not what you are looking for, as it is board-heavy, but its essentially a card game (rummy?). and we have played it well over 50 times and still enjoy it.
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8. Board Game: Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:558]
Martin Cooper
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Any of the mystery rummy series are great with two players. This includes Wyatt Earp which is similar to the Mystery Rummy games.
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9. Board Game: Schotten-Totten [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:382]
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My wife and I have got good value out of this one - two player only.
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10. Board Game: Zatre: Das Kartenspiel [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:8264]
Martin Cooper
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We play this one online at Brettspielwelt - played over 100 times.
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11. Board Game: Blue Moon [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:609]
Judy Krauss
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Out of print, unfortunately. It did have expansions, but they weren't necessary.
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12. Board Game: Grimoire [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1469]
Stasia Doster
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I just received this one the other day and have only played a couple of times. It is easy to learn and plays quickly.
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13. Board Game: Scarab Lords [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:2165]
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and a similar game, Minotaur Lords. But they are out of print.
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14. Board Game: Up Front [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:196]
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Fairly complex wargame, also unfortunately, out of print.
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15. Board Game: NHL Ice Breaker: The Card Hockey Board Game [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:3578]
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amazing way to enjoy cards and hockey
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16. Board Game: Cribbage [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:434]
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The best of the best, can play hundreds of games
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17. Board Game: Ragnarök: Aesir and Jötunn [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:6198]
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Excellent game
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18. Board Game: Jaipur [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:90]
Michael Tunison
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Tucson
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San Juan was already mentioned, which is a favorite of ours. We received Jaipur for Christmas and my wife and I have really enjoyed it. It's simple and plays fairly quick, but allows for some decent strategy.
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19. Board Game: Nile DeLuxor [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:2567]
Michael Tunison
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Tucson
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We also enjoy this one. It plays up to 6, but we've mainly played it with just the two of us and it works well and plays quickly. Nice for a quiet evening when we just want to get in something interesting but not too heavy. I'd like to try a few games with larger groups, but I'm worried it won't scale well time-wise.
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20. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:215]
Kent Pritchett
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Calgary
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I enjoy playing this one with just two players and it can play up to eight players. Very easy to learn and different every time.
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21. Board Game: Strat-O-Matic Baseball [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:849]
Judy Krauss
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It's not purely a card game. There is a board where you keep track of bases taken and outs, but mostly it's just cards with baseball player stats and die roll results, plus a few charts. And the baseball player cards are what make the game, being based on the real MLB players for a particular season.

There have been many extra season card sets available to purchase, but the game is perfectly playable with just the boxed game and a season (or the Negro League or Hall of Fame set) that comes with it (or you can get one with just 5 teams included, if you want).

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22. Board Game: The Ares Project [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:1380]
Dan Poole
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Goldsboro
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This is another card game that I have really enjoyed. Its a fighting game where each players picks one of four factions to battle it out. Each faction plays very differently.


Other 2-player card games I enjoy (just to name a very few):
Up Front (mentioned above)
51st State
Manoeuvre
Blood Bowl: Team Manager – The Card Game
Arena: Roma II
The Rivals for Catan
Balloon Cup
Kupferkessel Co.
Babel
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23. Board Game: Haggis [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:443]
Jeff Binning
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Rollinsville
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If you like climbing games, such as Tichu, then this is a must have. A great 2 player game that can also be played with 3.
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24. Board Game: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:337]
Rik Van Horn
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Livonia
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Yes, it's a CCG.

But a starter deck alone can provide a lot of fun and generally plays well right out of the box.

It's far and away the finest 2 player game I've ever played.
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25. Board Game: Court of the Medici [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1482]
Barry
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Quakertown
Pennsylvania
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Fast 2P where the only way to win is to screw over your opponent. Love it!
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